Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shade Plant of the Week - Corydalis lutea

This week's shade plant is actually a relative of last week's dicentra (bleeding heart).  You will see the resemblance in the leaves of both plants.  Corydalis lutea is a very airy plant that forms small mounds with yellow tube shaped flowers.  A huge advantage of this plant is that it blooms from early spring all the way through late fall.  Corydalis lutea has a tendency to pop up (spreads by seed) in unexpected places in my garden, but it is no means invasive.  The stems of the plant are very brittle, which make it very easy to pull up from an unwanted spot.  

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